Original scientific paper
Injury epidemiology in the first Croatian basketball league
APA 6th Edition
Šola, M. & Gregov, C. (2021). Injury epidemiology in the first Croatian basketball league. Kinesiology, 53 (1), 162-171. https://doi.org/10.26582/k.53.1.19
MLA 8th Edition
Šola, Matilda and Cvita Gregov. "Injury epidemiology in the first Croatian basketball league." Kinesiology, vol. 53, no. 1, 2021, pp. 162-171. https://doi.org/10.26582/k.53.1.19. Accessed 20 May 2022.
Chicago 17th Edition
Šola, Matilda and Cvita Gregov. "Injury epidemiology in the first Croatian basketball league." Kinesiology 53, no. 1 (2021): 162-171. https://doi.org/10.26582/k.53.1.19
Šola, M., and Gregov, C. (2021). 'Injury epidemiology in the first Croatian basketball league', Kinesiology, 53(1), pp. 162-171. https://doi.org/10.26582/k.53.1.19
Šola M, Gregov C. Injury epidemiology in the first Croatian basketball league. Kinesiology [Internet]. 2021 [cited 2022 May 20];53(1):162-171. https://doi.org/10.26582/k.53.1.19
M. Šola and C. Gregov, "Injury epidemiology in the first Croatian basketball league", Kinesiology, vol.53, no. 1, pp. 162-171, 2021. [Online]. https://doi.org/10.26582/k.53.1.19
The aim of this study was to provide a retrospective overview of injuries during one basketball season and to analyse injury rates and potential risks among professional male and female basketball players in the First Croatian National league. A hundred and forty-two (89 males and 53 females) of 223 basketball players (64%) sustained an injury during the previous season. Body height, total game exposure and total on-court time per game (p<.05) were the identified risk factors for females, while the number of training hours per week was found to be a risk factor for males (p<.05). The highest proportion of injured players was found among centers for men (74%) and forwards (70%) for women. Forty-three percent of injuries were moderately serious, 31% were minor, and 20% serious injuries. Majority (80%) of all injuries were to the lower extremities and men sustained fewer lower extremity injuries compared to women (IRR=0.88 95% CI=0.6 to 1.3). Ankles were the most prevalent injury site for both men and women followed by the knee. Men sustained significantly fewer knee injuries compared to female athletes (IRR=0.44 95% CI=0.17 to 1.11). The most common injury type was ligament injuries (31%), followed by muscle tears/strains (20%). Game incidence injury rate for males was significantly lower than for females (IRR=0.55, p=0.01 [95% CI=0.34-0.89]). Those athletes who, on average, played more than 20 minutes in games were almost twice more exposed to an injury (OR=2.09, 95%CI=1.17,3.72). This is the first descriptive epidemiological study estimating rates and risks of injuries among the Croatian professional basketball players.
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